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Highland Park Viking Honour 12 year old

The nose on this is salty and fruity, with some seaweed, a hint of rubber and a prick of alcohol even at 43% ABV.    The taste is rich with toffee, burnt coffee, caramel at first then some more acrid camp fire notes and along with bitter fruit peels and spices.  The finish is gentle hum of heat and peppermint along with some smokiness.  At 43% ABV it can take a drop of water and still hold up, but it doesn't need it.  Overall a delicious expression from one of my favourite distilleries.

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  • Simon Seaton

    Simon Seaton

    Saturday, 13 March 2021 13:39

    Limeburners Infinity Solara Cask

    This is an 8 year old, port matured, 43% ABV single malt from The Great Southern Distilling Company, Western Australia.  Not my first Australian whisky but probably my first from WA. Havign been there a few times I have to say it is not an environment I would associate with whisky production.  The nose has grapefruit, white wine and a sweet, baked sugar note.  The mouthfeel is creamy, almost custard with more citrus, dried fruits, honey and ginger.  Not the smoothest or most integrated but robust, brash and flavorful.  The finish dries out quickly with some chilli heat, then black pepper and tea.  Water washes this one out a little, thin with a more ginger biscuit note in the finish.  Overall pretty good, but not great yet.

    Monday, 23 November 2020 12:06

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #58

    Location: Del Frisco's Grille, The Woodlands, Texas 

    Date: November 2020

    Price: $15.00

    Recipe: Bulleit Bourbon, Luxardo Cherry Sangue Morlacco, Maple Syrup, Spiced Cherry Bitters 

    Garnish: Peel and cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: Some unique ingredients and overall pretty good, enjoyed the sweetness

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:10

    Jameson Black Barrel

    The name of this 40% expression comes from heavily charred oak barrels used in the process.   The nose is fruity and sweet, with toasted pineapple and vanilla.  The mouth feel is very smooth and sweet with notes of butterscotch, floral honey, vanilla custard and toasted nut notes.    The finish has some chilli peppers and bitter lemon peel and dries out.  With some water it thins out and mouthfeel gets a little less creamy.   Lots of classic bourbon and oak notes which is what they were going for.

    Tuesday, 17 November 2020 12:01

    Glenmorangie Tale of Cake

    This Glenmornagie 40% abv expression is finished in Hungarian wine casks and certainly lives up to name.  The nose has lots of fresh baked goods, matly, nutty with some vanilla.  A french bakery with a freshly polished floor.  The taste is sweet and a little tart, custard creme cookies, lemon squares and citrus oils.  The finish gets woody, peppers and spices and some more citrus oil.  With a little water it gets a little sharper and less sweet.

    Monday, 09 November 2020 20:37

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #57

    Location: Islamorada, Florida, USA

    Date: November 2020

    Price: $6.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sherry, Bitters

    Garnish: None

    Served: Rocks

    Comments: Manhattan in a can.... made with Sherry?  Seemed to work however and a good price.

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Monday, 09 November 2020 20:21

    Ardbeg Wee Beastie 5 year old

    Bravo!  Bra - Fucking - Vo!

    Finally someone North of Hadrian's Wall has decided to "grow a pair" and just be honest and transparent about selling a young whisky.  Usual marketing tactic is to put no age statement, create a weak back story and slap on an unpronounceable Gaelic name for the younger stuff.  I am extra delighted that it is a distillery I happen like a lot.    In fact I am a little reluctant to post the review  because it is not my favorite Ardbeg... and I really don't want to say anything negative.  The nose is smoky bbq with orange peel and even floral notes.  The taste is creamy at first with barley sugar, black tea and more bitter, slightly burnt, orange peel.  The finish is peppery, smoky with more strong tea tannins and yes there are some grainy (ie young) spirit notes.  Not super complex but balanced, flavorful and pretty punchy.  Lives up to the name.

    Monday, 28 September 2020 15:12

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #56

    Location: Katz's, Houston, Texas 

    Date: September 2020

    Price: $12.00

    Recipe: Rye Whiskey, Sweet Vermouth and Angostura Bitters 

    Garnish: Luxardo maraschino cherry

    Served: Up

    Comments: On the larger side which as it was served "up" in a tumbler warmed a little too quickly

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

    Thursday, 13 August 2020 12:45

    Grangestone Sherry Cask Finish

    The third expression in this series is, like the other two, bottled at 40% ABV.  The nose has lots of dried fruits, prunes, raisins, digestive biscuits and a slight farmyuard, vegatal funkiness.   The taste is more dried fruit, prunes, bitter dark chocolate and citrus peel.  The mouthfeel is quite creamy, chewy and even oily.  The finish is spicy with fresh cut jalepenos and black pepper.  Not massively complex... consider if Macallan had an off day.  However Macallan's bad days are still better than many distilleries good days.

    Wednesday, 12 August 2020 22:52

    Grangestone Bourbon Cask Finish

    This is the second whisky in this range I have tried.   Like the others it is a 40% ABV, NAS, private label bottling for Total Wines with little clue to it's origin other than Scotland.... there is no Grangestone distillery (although the rate at which distilleries open now it is not impossible that I could be wrong about that).  Vanilla hits you immediately in the nose, along with sweet caramel and ripe bananas.  The taste has more banana, butterscotch and some pepper.  The finish get slightly bitter and oaky.  Not spectacular, but a solid "bourbon" cask expression.

    Thursday, 06 August 2020 13:28

    Manhattan Project: Experiment #55

    Location: Ristorante del Lago, The Broadmoor, Colorado Springs 

    Date: July 2020

    Price: $14.00

    Recipe: Padua Manhattan which according to menu is ... Michters Rye, Green Chartreuse, Aperol, Orange Bitters

    Garnish: Lemon Peel

    Served: Up

    Comments: Good cocktail, but not a Manhattan

    What is this about? Check out  http://www.somanywhiskies.com/item/749-the-manhattan-project-ii

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    Maker's Mark Cask Strength

    This new expression is supposedly only available at the distillery, but at time of writing in October 2014 it is also available at #houstonsbestbar Reserve 101 and Spec's liquor in downtown Houston.  Unexpected ubiquity aside, as a confirmed “Markersmarkophile” I was very excited to try this. The nose has lots of sweet bubblegum and sawdust, and surprisingly none of the alcohol burn you might expect to find a cask strength expression. Simply put the nose is all that is good and holy about bourbon. The taste is deep, rich and dry, oaky and sweet with coffee, cinnamon and banana bread. Makers Mark on steroids.   The finish is very dry and spicy.   With water it gets sweeter and creamier, a vanilla cake with some spice.   Worth the trip to Kentucky (or apparently downtown Houston) to get some.